I think Ralph is going to be able to go with the flow. He danced all of those years to music, and he is used to getting in to the mood of that music. When she tells him he has to feel such and such, he probably won't stand there and argue with her or complain like we hear some do about how hard it is to do(to feel such and such).
It may take a little bit, but he is still going to be willing, and he is going to do it!
Now...time is not on his side, just like it wasn't on Donnie, Jennifer, or Kirstie's side. It is hard - grueling - to physically work out like that at that pace when you are around 50 or plus - whether you have a past dance experience or not.
I think that is a given.
That is what is going to be a struggle for Ralph, and that is where I say hats off to him, just like I said it to all of the other middle-agers.
They have got a lot more going for them than I do, and that is for sure.
Right now I think Ralph and Hines are the two front runners by a pretty decent margin. It's still early so a lot can happen. But Ralph is such a joy to watch. Something about him and Karina just go together so well. And I'm not even a fan of hers, but am glad she's getting to show off her talent this year (and, unlike last time, has a partner that isn't a complete sleaze). Ralph did a fantastic job tonight with the jive. It was a little hectic but not deserving of the remarks it got. Ralph is what I love most in a contestant. He's working hard, is enjoying himself, is respectful of his partner and the process, is humble, can dance, and isn't overconfident. I'm looking forward to many more weeks with him. Karina may find herself making it to the finals for the first time since season 3 (so far her one and only time).
I love Ralph's charm and dancing, but I have a hard time watching him because of the obvious toupee. I find myself looking at his hairline the whole time .
This season is just such a delight compared to last season. I hope Ralph makes it all the way to the end and Karina is becoming more likable to me.
I didn't know about any of his dance experience, but I am not going to let that temper the delight I get in seeing him perform every week.
Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter.
That jive may have been too "hectic" for the judges, but it was a good jive, nevertheless, and he performed those steps very well. He looked great!
By working hard, what he knew from years and years ago decoded in his muscle memory and his mind came back, and then what Karina added to it and coached him along gave us a performance that for only the 2nd week really was very good.
I am not quite sure what the judges really want. Mark's dance wasn't jive enough. Some jives are "too slow." Some jives are "too sloppy". Some jives use too many props.
This jive was a total jive - energetic and danced very well - and they said it was too hectic?
Personally? Again, this is a personal viewpoint, but I am wondering if they are approaching this season trying to be more judgmental as opposed to the last couple of seasons with Jennifer, Nicole and Mya right at the beginning when they were almost perfect at the beginning.
ITA Bloomers! I kept watching it and thinking that it was a jive....it had energy and the elements that is in a jive....the other ones didn't. I think the judges were just in a bad mood last night...or they are being more critical than in seasons past...and if this is the case then they need to be consistant about it with all of them.
"Where you are today is where your mind put you. Where you'll be tomorrow is where your mind puts you." Billy Banks
I never thought the day would come when I started to actually enjoy Kairina either. She seems to be happy and in a good place in her life.I hope Ralph makes it all the way to the end and Karina is becoming more likable to me.
Has it been confirmed he wears a toupee? Just curious.
"Treat others the way you want to be treated."
Put on your big girl panties and deal with it!!